The Units were one of America's first electronic new wave bands. They are widely cited as pioneers of a genre now known as Synthpunk.
The Unit Training Film 2: Cannibals, produced by band leader Scott Ryser, AKA Dr. Tex Nology, was compiled from films that the band projected during their live performances. The films were satirical, instructional films critical of conformity and consumerism, compiled from found footage, home movies, and obsolete instructional shorts and industrial films. In 1979 and 1980, Rick Prelinger was a frequent contributor and occasional projectionist at the bands live performances in San Francisco.
The "Unit Training Films" were also shown sans band in movie theaters around the San Francisco Bay Area including the Roxie Cinema, Cinematheque, Intersection Theater and the Mill Valley Film Festival .
Although many of the clips used in this film were shown as early as 1979, Scott Ryser finished restoring and reworking this version of the Unit Training Film 2: Cannibals in December of 2009.